Transition Town West Kirby

Story Fest

Events & Updates June/July 2015

Sun 21st June - Tues 30th June
Story Fest
Mellow Yellow has joined forces with Wirral Arts Centre and Wirral Festival of Firsts to offer a 3 session story-telling course starting Sunday 21st June. This introduction to the art of story-telling will introduce participants to the core techniques and skills that will help you deliver a good yarn. The course will conclude with an evening celebration at the Wirral Arts Centre on Tuesday, 30th June, 7 - 10pm, featuring story-tellers Tom Goodale and Andy Johnson, novice story-tellers and the medieval band, Maranella. Info: or Wirral Arts Centre.

Wednesday, 24th June, 4 - 6pm
Apple Avenue

A short maintenance session for the community orchard off Gilroy Road will be held on Wednesday 24th June from 4-6pm. Meet by the allotments entrance.

Saturday 27th June, 9am - 1pm
WK Farmers' Market

At St Andrew's Church Hall on Graham Road. With thirty stalls selling local food direct from the producer - cheeses & meat, fresh local fish & eggs, pies & patés and much, much more.
The market continues to develop and thrive. Recent new additions are:
  • 'Billy the fish' A small local fisherman with a boat on the Dee. He fishes on Fridays for your plate on Saturdays - taste the difference!
  • Ollie's Orchard - apple juice diect from Market Newsletterthe Cheshire orchard where the apples are grown and pressed.
Subscribe to the market newsletter for local food news a few days before each market

Saturday, 27th June 2 - 4pm
Homegrown Bananas and Bike Decoration at West Kirby Library

Get in the mood for Festi-Velo with a song, story or poem and join in the workshop for simple bicycle decoration with re-used materials. The loose theme is "Sea"; materials supplied or bring your own ideas. Saturday 27th June 2-4 at West Kirby Library. Info: Homegrown Bananas on Facebook.

This event is part of Sounds By The Sea with Festival of Firsts, an afternoon of music across West Kirby between 1pm and 4pm over four venues. The other venues are Curio (a blues and funk session from Hogback Blues), Slinkys (a pop/folk themed session from Wirral Arts Centre) and Paloma (a New Folk/performance based session from Creative Watch Area). Line-ups will be revealed on June 24th in the Wirral News.

Saturday 4th July
12 - 2pm

Come and join in with a fun-filled, traffic-free family bike ride from Coronation Gardens in West Kirby to the children's festival at St John's Church, Meols as part of the Festival of Firsts Big Parade. Take a look at the start of last year's event.

Saturday 4th July
7 - 10pm
The Big Seaside Sing Song

We love Wirral Arts Centre* and we'll be back there for a highlight of the Festival of Firsts' calendar as we present The Big Seaside Sing Song! Featuring four brilliant artists Coast, Jimmy Rae, Shindig & Blackthorn Root it's sure to be a good night! Tickets cost 4 and are available on the night. Doors from 7pm Music from 7:30pm.

Sunday, 12th July, 1 - 4pm
Homegrown Bananas On The Prom

We've never been to Hoylake. Well, we have been to Hoylake individually but collectively we've never had a Homegrown Bananas event there. On July 12th, we'll change that! Make sure to come down to Hoylake Parade as we host a stage of music and performance for the Festival of Firsts, with the Open Stage element very much in place. Please ensure to let us know in advance if you wish to perform as slots will be limited! You can message us via Facebook or drop Sebastian an e-mail ( Lead acts will be announced on June 24th.

Friday, 17th July, 7 - 10pm Fracking: The Facts
Transition Town Energy Group Lecture Series

This is the first in a lecture series concerning energy and climate change. A talk 'Fracking: The Facts' will be given by Professor Dennis Hall at Wirral Arts Centre*, Friday July 17th at 7.30pm; doors at 7pm.

Saturday, 25th July
Reflective Walk to Hilbre Island

After all the jollities, join us for a reflective walk to Hilbre Island on Saturday 25th of July. More details in the next newsletter.

Friday, 11th and Saturday, 12th September
Make a note in your diaries for Wirral Earth Fest 2015, with St Bridget's Church
John Ashton, former diplomat and independent commentator on climate change is confirmed to speak on the Friday night. The Saturday daytime will bring local music, food, arts, workshops, community and families to St Bridget's Church, Centre and fields. Watch this space for more details! Matt Thomas did a lovely little film of last year's event.

* Wirral Arts Centre is in Brookfield Gardens, West Kirby, which is a residential street with limited parking. It is a short walk from West Kirby train station and bus stops. If, however, you need to travel to the venue by car, we ask that you park in the Concourse car park and walk up (5 minutes). Please leave the venue quietly out of respect for the Centre's neighbours.

Who are we?

...a group of concerned local people working towards a sustainable low-carbon lifestyle, based in West Kirby, Hoylake, and elsewhere on the Wirral.

We are one of dozens of Transition Town groups that have formed over the last few years throughout the UK and around the world.

The global challenges of climate change and energy shortages are approaching - we feel that we may not be able to do much at a global level, but can do a lot at the level of the local community - and that it is better to plan a local response in advance rather than wait until the problems become a crisis. And we feel that there will be many advantages of a low-carbon lifestyle.

Membership is open to all at no charge.

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What are our plans?

People joining the group are welcome to come to working group meetings on how the community should respond in individual areas such as food, transport and home energy.

About half of our membership comes from outside West Kirby, including Hoylake, Heswall, Meols and Wallasey. As the membership enlarges, we expect that separate Transition groups will develop, based in other parts of the Wirral.

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West Kirby Farmers' Market

A regular monthly Farmers' Market on the 4th Saturday of every month.
If you are a local producer and would like to apply to sell at the market, application forms are available from the West Kirby Farmers' Market website

TTWK national allotment report

Waiting list figures in England remain high, and councils are doing little to increase provision.
Download the full report or the database of council responses.

Wirral A-Z Recycling Guide

In collaboration with Wirral Environmental Network, we publish a guide to local recycling with regular updates. Visit the recycling page on the WEN website for an online version or to print a copy for handy reference.


Why do local shops matter?

Where to buy local eggs in West Kirby

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Our Constitution

West Kirby What's On
Listing of community events in West Wirral.

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